2015-16Top 16Round 8
February 25, 2016 CET: 19:00
Local time: 21:00 BASKET HALL

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
76.8 Points 74.2
34.0 Rebounds 33.9
10.5 O. Rebounds 10.6
23.5 D. Rebounds 23.3
16.4 Assists 15.6
8.1 Steals 5.1
2.3 Blocks 1.3
14.6 Turnovers 13.5
52.4 % 2PT 50.8 %
37.9 % 3PT 33.2 %
76.7 % FT 74.7 %
86.2 Index 75.5

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
17.4 / Delaney Points 14.4 / Pullen
6.1 / Claver Rebounds 6.2 / Bilan
2.2 / Singleton OR 2.4 / Bilan
4.8 / Claver DR 4.8 / Babic
5.4 / Delaney Assists 3.2 / Pullen
1.8 / Randolph Steals 0.8 / White
0.8 / Singleton Blocks 0.3 / Zoric
2.9 / Delaney Turnovers 2.5 / Pullen
69.2 % / Fesenko 2PT 57.7 % / Pilepic
47.1 % / Broekhoff 3PT 46.9 % / Pilepic
87.0 % / Delaney FT 100.0 % / Pilepic
20.5 / Delaney Index 16.2 / Bilan


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
5-2 Top 16 2-5
8-2 Regular Season 4-6
13-4 Overall 6-11


Crew Chief

The Take

Two teams with opposite momentum clash in this game; Lokomotiv is unbeaten at home in the Top 16 and tied for the second-best record in this phase of the competition, but Cedevita has lost three games in a row. Lokomotiv’s secret to success has been the league’s best defense, allowing just 69.9 points per game, plus the amazing offensive output of guard Malcolm Delaney, who was the Top 16 Round 1 MVP after torching Cedevita for 31 points and 8 assists in a 75-89 victory. Cedevita will turn to Nemanja Gordic and Jacob Pullen to limit Delaney’s impact. The hosts could have a different look in the backcourt after signing Matt Janning to play alongside Delaney, Dontaye Draper and Evgeny Voronov. Cedevita will hope to get a scoring boost from its swingmen, Fran Pilepic and Henry Walker. Miro Bilan has been a major bright spot at center for Cedevita, but he won’t have it easy against Anthony Randolph in what could be the key matchup. Lokomotiv has the experience advantage at forward with Victor Claver, Chris Singleton and Ryan Broekhoff as opposed to Cedevita’s young studs Marko Arapovic, Karlo Zganec and Luka Babic. However that lack of experience hasn’t hindered Cedevita much in its four road wins so far and Coach Mrsic’s squad will come to Russia aiming for another.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Game Notes

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar

Lokomotiv recently signed guard Matt Janning and center Grigory Shukhovtcov, who could make their Euroleague returns this week.

Lokomotiv is the only team to have three players start every game so far this season; They are Ryan Broekhoff, Victor Claver and Malcolm Delaney.

Malcolm Delaney leads the league in minutes played this season with an average of 33:54 per game.

Delaney leads the league in fouls drawn with 111 (6.5 per game).

Delaney has made at least 1 three-pointer in 13 straight Euroleague appearances.

Delaney has scored in double figures in each of his last eight Euroleague games.

Delaney has made 15 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Ryan Broekhoff has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine straight Euroleague games.

Broekhoff has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Anthony Randolph has recorded at least 1 steal in five straight Euroleague games.

Dontaye Draper has recorded at least 1 steal in 10 straight Euroleague games.

Draper’s breakout seasons came in a Cedevita uniform between 2010 and 2012. He was the 2010-11 Eurocup MVP and helped Cedevita win the 2012 Croatian Kresimir Cosic Cup. Draper and center Miro Bilan were teammates there during the 2011-12 season.

Draper played alongside Cedevita big men Miro Bilan and Luka Zoric at EuroBasket 2015 last summer. He also teamed with Zoric for Croatia at EuroBasket 2013.

Cedevita Zagreb

Jacob Pullen has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last 13 Euroleague appearances.

Pullen has made 16 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Fran Pilepic is a perfect 20 for 20 on free throws in his Euroleague career.

Pilepic has made at least 1 three-pointer in four straight and 13 of his last 14 Euroleague games; he is shooting 23 for 48 from downtown (47.9%) over that span.

James White was a teammate of Lokomotiv guard Sergey Bykov last season at Unics Kazan.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"This is yet another new challenge for us. The second leg of the Top 16 is an actual race for the playoffs and we’re looking forward to compete in it. Still, to be successful we should stay true to our approach and get ready for another game against Cedevita. The quality of the opponent is undoubtable, we had a very tough time going against them in Zagreb and should start the game better than we did then. It is essential to execute our defensive plan every step of the way and to play balanced offense for 40 minutes."
Cedevita Zagreb
"After we won the Croatian Cup I gave my player three days off and I hope they are well rested now. Lokomotiv is a great team and they are athletically gifted. Compared to our previous game with them, they are even stronger now, but we will do our best. Lokomotiv made 24 of 39 3-point attempts in their last VTB League match and that says a lot about that team. 24 3-pointers is a lot even for an All-Star game and there is not many teams that are able to do that."


Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"We played well in the first leg of the Top 16, but now we're entering the decisive stretch of the race for the playoffs. Everyone knows where should we improve as a team, but the most important is that everyone wants to be in the playoffs so bad. Against Cedevita we must show our top-level game - our tournament goals and home fans require exactly that."
Cedevita Zagreb
"They played extremely well against us in our previous matchup. We need to take away some stuff from them, force them to do other things and hopefully we can keep the game within striking distance and make a couple plays down the stretch and steal it. They are a very talented team. I played with Anthony Randolph when I was in New York and me and him know each other very well. Everyone on our team needs to be focused and then we can compete against anyone."

Lokomotiv, Randolph roars to 24-point home win

Killer first and third quarters propelled Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar to its second-biggest win of the season as it blew away visiting Cedevita Zagreb 87-63 on Thursday to strengthen its hold on second place in Group E. Lokomotiv rose to 6-2 while Cedevita fell to the opposite record, 2-6, with an uphill climb in the playoff race. Lokomotiv raced to a 29-12 lead after 10 minutes that reached 20 points before Cedevita reeled it back to 44-33 at the break. After a 7-0 start to the second half, the hosts never looked back on their way to the victory. Anthony Randolph exploded with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners, all of them career highs in his first Euroleague season. Randolph's performance index rating of 43 was the second-best all season and tied for the fourth-highest in Top 16 history. Ryan Broekhoff follwed with 14 points as his team's only other double-digit scorer, although Malcolm Delaney dished 11 assists and newcomer Matt Janning made 3 of 5 three-pointers for 9 points. Only Miro Bilan, with 11 points, reached double digits for Cedevita.

First Quarter: Lokomotiv races away

Marko Arapovic started the visitors with a free throw but otherwise it was tough to score until Evgeny Voronov blasted a triple for Lokomotiv. Delaney added 2 free throws on an unsportsmanlike foul before Broekhoff hit his own triple for the hosts. Cedevita finally got a field goal by Bilan, but Voronov answered with 3 points the hard way to make it 11-3. Bilan tipped in his own miss and James White made his first basket on a drive to get Cedevita within 11-7. Randolph kept getting to the foul line, where he hit his next 3 of 4 shots before assisting Sergey Bykov on a catch-and-shoot triple. Bykov, too, hit a pair of free throws to make it 19-7 before White's scoop shot found the bottom of the basket. But Randolph was on a roll, hitting for 3 from the corner and rebounding his own miss to go back to the foul line and make it 24-11. Chris Singleton not only introduced himself with a three-point strike but his steal led to Dontaye Draper's layup on the way to a whopping 29-12 Lokomotiv lead after 10 minutes.

Second Quarter: Cedevita's defense responds

Fran Pilepic fed Luka Zoric, back after missing four games with an injury, for a dunk to start Cedevita's second quarter. After 3:40 without scoring, Lokomotiv got its next points from Janning, who buried a transition triple to make it 32-14. Janning liked the feeling and Delaney assisted him on a second triple in a row, but Henry Walker answered within seconds from the same distance for the visitors to make it 35-18. Zoric added free throws to Cedevita's tally before Andrey Zubkov hit a baseline jumper for Lokomotiv. When Pilepic drained a corner triple and Bilan scored in close, Cedevita was within 37-25. Out of a timeout, Lokomotiv got a triple from Broekhoff and a jump shot from Randolph. Bilan scored in a crowd, but Randolph made a spin move for his next basket, pushing the lead back to 17 points, 44-17. Bilan and Nemanja Gordic combined to take 4 of those points back, and when Walker drilled a jumper on the buzzer, Cedevita had cut the Lokomotiv lead down to 44-33 at the half.

Third Quarter: Randolph pours it on

Lokomotiv blasted off after the break with a triple by Broekhoff and Delaney stealing to feed Voronov on a fastbreak reverse. When Randolph then scored in close, it was suddenly 51-33. White made a pair of free throws for Cedevita before Pullen orchestrated a fastbreak that ended with Arapovic hanging from the rim and a 51-37 scoreboard. But Lokomotiv was on the loose as Broekhoff and Randolph teamed up for an alley-oop dunk on one fastbreak and reversed the order for a three-pointer on the next. After a timeout, when Delaney fed Victor Claver for a dunk, Lokomotiv had its biggest lead yet, 58-37. Claver added a free throw before Zoric's swish stopped the bleeding for Cedevita, but Delaney sent a no-look pass to Randolph, who dutifully rattled the rim to make it 61-39. Randolph then fed Claver inside for another dunk that Gordic answered with a layup. Randolph then ripped a rebound, put it back and converted the three-point play at 66-41. Delaney and Broekhoff added a pair of free throws each before Gordic made 2 free throws on an unsportsmanlike foul and then beat the buzzer with a triple in traffic as Lokomotiv pulled up to the end of the third quarter ahead by 70-46.

Fourth Quarter: Lokomotiv shuts the door early

Pilepic tried to keep Cedevita's momentum going with back-to-back triples early in the fourth quarter, but they were separated by a long rainbow to beat the shot clock from Bykov. The scoring stopped at 73-52 for several minutes until Janning uncorked another triple. Bilan got a free throw and Karlo Zganec got both of his to make it 76-55. Randolph kept scoring on a nice jumper before Toni Katic drilled another triple for Cedevita. Randolph took all those points back with a three-point play and then tipped in a fastbreak. It was only a question of the final difference, 87-63, Lokomotiv's second-biggest win of the season.

Anthony Randolph - Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar - EB15
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Attendance: 2814
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Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar29152617
Cedevita Zagreb12211317
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Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar29447087
Cedevita Zagreb12334663
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 DELANEY, MALCOLM 31:07 4 0/2 0/3 4/4   6 6 10 2 3     2 7 19
1 SINGLETON, CHRIS 7:32 3 0/1 1/1   1 1 2 2 1       2   5
3 RANDOLPH, ANTHONY 27:51 28 9/10 1/4 7/10 4 9 13 5 1 2 1   2 6 43
4 DRAPER, DONTAYE 15:44 2 1/1 0/3     3 3 1   2     3   -2
9 CLAVER, VICTOR 23:47 5 2/4 0/2 1/2 1 1 2   2   1   2 3 6
10 BYKOV, SERGEY 13:35 8   2/5 2/2   2 2     3     3 1 2
12 JANNING, MATT 22:38 9 0/3 3/5   2   2 1         3 1 5
15 KOLYUSHKIN, MAXIM 4:13   0/1       1 1 1 1 1       2 3
17 BALASHOV, NIKITA 4:37         1   1 2   1     1   1
18 VORONOV, EVGENY 9:33 8 2/4 1/2 1/1         1       1 1 6
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 16:13 6 3/5 0/1   1 4 5 1 1 1   1 2   6
45 BROEKHOFF, RYAN 23:10 14 0/1 4/6 2/2 1 2 3 2   2     2 3 15
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 87 17/32 12/32 17/21 12 30 42 25 9 15 2 1 23 24 111
        53.1% 37.5% 81%
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Cedevita Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 PULLEN, JACOB 19:16 1 0/2 0/5 1/2 1 1 2 2   4     1 2 -6
4 WHITE, JAMES 21:34 8 3/5 0/2 2/2 1 3 4     2     3 2 5
6 KATIC, TONI 4:13 5 1/1 1/1     1 1 1         1   6
8 PILEPIC, FRAN 24:59 9 0/1 3/5     1 1 2   1     2 3 9
9 BABIC, LUKA 21:54 1 0/1 0/1 1/2 1 2 3 3 1 1     3 3 4
11 ZGANEC, KARLO 9:59 2     2/2   2 2   1   1   1 2 7
12 WALKER, HENRY 18:45 5 1/1 1/3   1 2 3     2     4    
15 BILAN, MIRO 23:54 11 5/10 0/1 1/4 1 5 6 1 1 1     2 4 11
18 MAZALIN, LOVRO 7:20 2 1/1     1   1     1     2    
20 GORDIC, NEMANJA 20:44 9 1/4 1/1 4/6 1 2 3 3 1 3     2 3 9
21 ZORIC, LUKA 11:53 6 2/5   2/2       1 1 2   1   2 4
35 ARAPOVIC, MARKO 15:29 4 1/4 0/2 2/4 1 2 3 1       1 3 2 -1
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 63 15/35 6/21 15/24 9 24 33 14 5 17 1 2 24 23 52
        42.9% 28.6% 62.5%
Head coach: MRSIC, VELJKO

Head Coaches

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"It was a serious game and a very important win against the opponent that won the Croatian Cup last week. I respect them a lot. It is important the we approached the game the right way and played unselfishly: 25 assists indicate that. For example Malcolm Delaney didn't score a lot today, but finished with 10 assists. We're happy with the final result and with the attitude we showed today on the court." "We made a very serious second half. Everybody was able to fulfill his role. We played, obviously, very good defense. And we are very happy about this win. We are looking forward to the second round of Top 16, we have a good record right now of 6-2, but we have three very difficult games in a row."
Cedevita Zagreb
"Lokomotiv played much better today. We knew they’re a great team, one of the best in Europe. We tried to follow our plan, but the athleticism of Lokomotiv was too much for us. They were faster and moved the ball better. We just couldn’t play the defense we wanted. "


Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"We followed coach's plan really well, crowded the paint and were able to close out on shooters. We did exactly what we planned not to let them use their strong sides which is going to their bigs and playing with their backs to the rim. I think it speaks more to the shape of the team. We've had a lot of time to get better. Coach does a great job of preparing us. and I think we share the ball better than maybe anybody in the Euroleague right now. "
Cedevita Zagreb
"Congratulations to Lokomotiv, they played really well. We should’ve been focused on defense and prevented them from getting transition points, but we failed. It’s hard to say anything else here. "
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